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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 69
They went and got married and coming back again, They met the wretched father with several armed men. "Let's flee," said the lady, "for fear we will be killed." "Hold on," said the soldier, "at fighting I am skilled."
Up stepped the old man, speaking very free, Saying, "Do you intend to be a daughter unto me, Or do you intend to be a soldier's wife? Then in this lonesome valley I'll shortly end your life."
"Now," said the soldier, "I have no time to tattle,
I'm only one alone but I'm ready for the battle."
He drew his sword and pistol and caused them both to
rattle. The lady held the horses while the soldier fought the
The first one he came to he run him through the brain, The next one he came to he served him just the same. "Hold on," said the old man, "Don't strike so bold, And you can have my daughter and ten thousand pounds of gold."
THE FARMER'S BOY
The sun had set behind the hill across the dreary moor, When weary and lame a poor boy came up to a farmer's door.